Read Haggai 1: 7-9; 2: 4-5
Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage!
It is I. Don't be afraid.”
Twenty years after I had written my last term paper, I sat
looking at a blank sheet of paper and wondered, Am I too old
to be in graduate school? Can I really do this? Then I remembered my strong conviction that God had led me to take this
class. Deep in my soul, I knew that God would give me the
strength and ability to complete this assignment, just as God
had given the Israelites the courage and strength to rebuild
the temple in Judah. My part was to trust God, take a deep
breath of courage, and begin the work.
One word led to another, sentences to paragraphs, and
paragraphs to pages. When I completed the assignment, I
gave thanks and credit to God. I completed that class, and
then many more. Years later, with deep gratitude, I walked
across a stage to accept my
Whenever God asks
us to do something that
we can take a deep breath
of courage, trust God, and begin to work. God will help us to
complete whatever we have been called to do.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to listen to you and your call to
serve in your kingdom. Give us courage and strength to complete these tasks for your glory. Amen.
Linda A. Goulooze (Arizona)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE RETURNING TO SCHOOL
Thought for the Day
I can courageously do the
work God has called me to do.